Airline grounds Rhys Meyers over drunken racist rant

TUDORS star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was grounded at JFK airport in the US following a drink-fuelled racist outburst.

The Cork-born TV and film star was refused a seat on a United Airlines flight and has been banned by the airline after a bout of heavy drinking.

Some reports suggested the 32-year-old actor, who has a history of drink-flying incidents, was escorted from the plane when he called an official, who had refused him access to the boarding area, the racist ‘n’ word.

The trouble started apparently with some early morning drinking. Rhys Meyers allegedly got drunk on vodka while waiting in the first- class lounge at JFK at about 7am.

RadarOnline reported that airline officials noticed Rhys Meyers getting drunk and disorderly and prevented him from boarding the flight, which allegedly led to him hurling racist insults and using the ‘n’ word while shouting at the officials.

It was unclear if the actor was directing the word at an individual or just using it without a specific target.

According to RadarOnline, United Airlines officials confirmed the incident, but did not provide details.

The Cork actor has had some issues with drinking in airports before and was arrested in 2007 at a Dublin airport for being drunk and disturbing the peace.

More recently, in 2009, he was detained in Paris by French police following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted an airport lounge employee while drunk.

On that occasion at Charles De Gaulle airport, he was placed in custody for several hours for having a skirmish with bar employees and allegedly punching one of them.

The incident began when a bartender at the cafe area Le Quotidien in the departure area of the airport at terminal 2F refused to serve the actor, who appeared drunk.

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